Established in 1968, the Anna Leonowens Gallery is a public exhibition space within the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. With three locations, two storefront premises in Granville mall in historic downtown Halifax and the Port Loggia on Halifax’s waterfront, the Anna Leonowens Gallery (ALG) has hosted over 4400 exhibitions and projects to date in its 50-year history. A unique exhibition space, the ALG presents professional exhibitions by curators and professional artists alongside NSCAD MFA Thesis and BFA graduating solo exhibitions. An extension of the pedagogical activities of the university, ALG gives emerging artists hands-on experience for what is often their first solo exhibition. The Gallery mounts over 125 exhibitions and over 50 events a year, consistently attracting more than 20,000 visitors annually. 

In January 2016 the ALG opened a third space focusing on performance art, relational aesthetics and art happenings. The Art Bar + Projects is a rotating performative installation space that creates an atmosphere that promotes the discussion of art and ideas outside of the classroom and in a public place. 

Please note: Since all exhibition programming is developed within the university from student, faculty and divisional sources, the Anna Leonowens Gallery does not accept unsolicited professional exhibition proposals.

Gallery Policy

The Anna Leonowens Gallery Systems delivers on three priorities: (a) to provide students with an exhibition experience as part of their academic program in which their own creative work is displayed and “critiqued” within the university community; (b) to provide the community and student body with the opportunity to view exhibitions by artists, designers and planners, including work by faculty and alumni as well as work by individuals or groups from outside the university community, which are organized as part of the academic and artistic program at the university; and (c) to provide space where the work of artists, designers and planners, primarily but not exclusively from the university, can be viewed by the general public as well as specialized publics from the community at large.


Notes on Mobility: The Anna is located in a historic building built in 1860. Although charming it’s historical architecture is problematic. Our main entrance has one step to enter. To access the portable wheelchair ramp please ring the doorbell to the left of the entrance and a staff person will assist you immediately during opening hours. Once inside you will be able to access Gallery 1 and 2. Gallery 3 is located down two half flights of stairs in an “L” shape. To avoid using the stairs and access Gallery 3 gallery staff will accompany you outside to the Gallery 3 entrance on Hollis street, a 3o sec walk from the main door.

Washrooms: Our two washrooms are at the back of the gallery, up a flight of stairs through a small hall and then down a second flight of stairs. They are both gender neutral. Unfortunately the gallery does not have wheelchair accessible washrooms on site but gallery staff can assist in taking you to the closest wheelchair washroom on campus.


Anna Leonowens Gallery
1891 Granville Street, Halifax, NS

Named after NSCAD’s Victorian founder—feisty heroine of film and theatre productions of The King and I—the Anna Leonowens Gallery is the public exhibition space and resource centre on campus. Three public galleries are devoted to the exhibition of contemporary studio and media art, craft and design, and curatorial projects generated exclusively within the university community. Weekly exhibitions primarily feature student work, with occasional shows by faculty members, visiting artists and curators, and two-week graduate thesis projects.

The gallery mounts 125 exhibitions per year on average, consistently attracting more than 20,000 visitors annually with a busy street-level location on a pedestrian mall in Halifax’s downtown core. Due to the gallery’s high profile, many exhibitions are reviewed by local, regional and national media outlets and arts journalists.

Public Hours:
11am – 5pm
12 – 4pm
All openings are on Mondays at 5:30 – 7pm, unless stated otherwise.

Port Loggia Gallery
1107 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS

The Port Loggia aims to maintain an engaging program of student, staff and alumni led projects that can be viewed by visitors passing through the Halifax Seaport.  Vaulted ceilings, diffuse natural light, and a high-profile location make The Port Loggia Gallery an ideal presentation space for works in a variety of media.

Public Hours:
12 – 5pm

* Check the current gallery calendar for specific shows.